After playing baseball stadiums in New York and Philadelphia over the weekend, Dead & Company scaled it back Monday night with an amphitheater show at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on the site of Woodstock in the rolling hills of Bethel, New York.
Taking the stage for their second set, Bob Weir said, “50 years ago, right here, [The Grateful Dead] tried this little sequence, and it didn’t work so well for us, so we’re going to try again.”
With that they did the exact same set that they played on August 16th, 1969:
- St. Stephen
- Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover)
- Dark Star
- High Time
- Turn on Your Love Light (Bobby “Blue” Bland cover)
Looking back to 1969, Weir told Rolling Stone in 1989, “It was raining toads when we played. The rain was part of our nightmare. The other part was our sound man, who decided that the ground situation on stage was all wrong. It took him about two hours to change it, which held up the show.
“He finally got it the way he wanted it, but every time I touched my instrument, I got a shock. The stage was wet, and the electricity was coming through me. I was conducting! Touching my guitar and the microphone was nearly fatal. There was a big blue spark about the size of a baseball, and I got lifted off my feet and sent back eight to 10 feet to my amplifier...
“Some people made their careers at Woodstock. But we’ve spent about 20 years making up for it. It was probably the worst set we’ve ever performed.”
And drummer Mickey Hart, who is also in Dead & Company with Weir, agrees.
Dead & Company take their tour across New York State to the Darien Lake Amphitheater in Darien Lake, New York tomorrow.
Source: Rolling Stone and Premiere